On April 2, 2011, Wayne Rooney got our attention for two reasons: he scored a hat-trick against West Ham United (in a span of fifteen minutes) and he said “F*cking come on. What? F*ck off!” after that hat-trick. While Manchester United fans should’ve savored and celebrated that hat-trick with Wayne Rooney, they particularly focused on his swearing and showed no appreciation for that second half comeback. I’m in no way into swearing myself; in fact, I even apologize when I say the simplest bad words (if there is such a thing). I understand the initial violent reactions—everyone, yes, including the mums and children, was caught by surprise—but I guess after a while, people should’ve moved on already. I’m still seeing fuming tweets about him until today. It’s as if it’s Rooney against the world!

Allow me to remind the fans of a few things. First of all, Manchester United won: West Ham United 2 – 4 Manchester United. Have you checked the Premier League table recently? Here, take a look:

Manchester United is this close to winning the 19th Premier League title, thanks to Wayne Rooney’s stellar hat-trick. Stop complaining and start preparing for a grand celebration.

Second, swearing is rife at football. Most people swear all the time, not just when watching or playing the sport. Some even swear as an expression. Just let it go in one ear and out the other. It works for me. People who swear all the time actually devalue the effectiveness of the swear words. Third, Wayne Rooney apologized: “I want to apologize for any offence that may have been caused by my goal celebration, especially to any parents or children that were watching. Emotions were running high and on reflection my heat of the moment reaction was inappropriate, it was not aimed at anyone in particular.” To err is human; to forgive divine. It’s not like you haven’t done it, or your kids haven’t heard someone swear before, so I suggest that you accept the humble apology. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you condone swearing. Fourth, don’t be subservient to the media; they just want extra attention. If it were somebody else, do you think the media would’ve amplified the situation? No, they wouldn’t dare waste their time. But because it was infamous Wayne Rooney who said it, and he happens to be a Manchester United player, then you should’ve expected this bad publicity to come in a flash. He swore and that’s it. There are no other issues to be discussed here. You have a choice. Don’t be an utter sap!

I never knew that I would be defending Wayne Rooney one day, and I can’t believe I just did. To be honest, I was never a fan of Wayne Rooney, and I’m still not. I’m a fan of Manchester United, the football club. I have no favorite players because I don’t want to get attached to any of them, even though I think Ryan Giggs is legendary and Chicharito is a wunderkind. I somehow agree with Rob Blanchette when he tweeted this: “Players (in general) do not care 4 clubs like fans. They are highly paved employees. Ur kidding urself if u think Roo ‘dreamed of MUFC’ b4.” However, there are exemptions, especially when the player shows utmost reverence and genuine loyalty to Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson.

This article is addressed to my fellow Manchester United fans. I want you to give Wayne Rooney a break. Some of you are still outraged by his “foul-mouthed rant,” but while you have every right to feel betrayed or dejected, always remember that every person also has a right to be a jerk or an arse sometimes. We all make mistakes, but not all of us are man enough to admit them. Rooney did. Bear in mind that as a professional football player, he signed up to play for the club, not to be a role model—I mean, it’s his decision if he wants to be one—but the guy has done his part by scoring his first hat-trick of the season and by showing roo-morse. If it makes you feel any better, he is facing an FA investigation. Time to stop the hating already. Don’t you think it’s kind of getting old?

“I think we played like champions today. We kept our heads up, we didn’t lose faith in our ability and it was a great boost to us in that respect. It’s not an easy place to come to, and they’re fighting relegation, but we dominated that second half and it was a real championship performance as far as I’m concerned.”

Sir Alex Ferguson (Premier League 2010/11: West Ham 2 – Manchester United 4)